This almost slipped off my radar yesterday, but after the nonsense that was the 6-man rotation down the stretch last year, I had to make sure I snagged it. At the Jorge press conference, Joe had this to say about the rotation for 2012:
“I can tell you it won’t be a seven or six-man rotation. It’ll be five."
"Right now we’ve got seven starters, and we’re going to have to make some decisions.”
There was some more coachtalk fluff added in for the sake of not tipping his hand, which I get. But cutting through that, I think we can all agree that CC, Pineda, Nova, and Kuroda are going to be the first 4 in the rotation in some order and they should be. These guys' numbers clearly show that they are the 4 best starting pitchers on the staff and they should be treated as such. Hughes, Freddy, and A.J. are going to have to fight it out for the last spot, assuming they are all still around in Spring Training to compete, and that's the way it should be. This ain't the Little League World Series and not everybody needs to be allowed to pitch, and these comments are a good sign that Cash and Joe have learned that lesson from last year.
Not sacrificing approximately 35 starts from your 4 best pitchers to keep everybody happy?
(Quotes via LoHud)